The 12 days of Christmas are near. Are you feeling it yet? Is it any wonder that with the Christmas to-do list that some of us have trouble sleeping during the nights leading to the big day?
A lack of quality sleep can leave us feeling tired, anxious, stressed out, cranky, moody and feeling sick.
Fear not, my figgy pudding eaters, I mean my dear readers! We are going to nip this little problem with some fantastic festive frothy foamy tips for getting some seasonal slumber from the Sleep and Comfort experts at Foamite!
Here are twelve sleep tips for a better holiday season:
1) Keep regular hours
We know it can be hard. I mean you can’t write jingles and not have enjoyed a cup or two of eggnog at some point or another. Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time, during the holidays, will program your body to sleep better.
2) Create a restful sleeping environment
Your bedroom should not be too hot or too cold. It should also be as quiet and dark as possible.
3) Create a perfect sleeping environment
This means turning off the television and all the other technology an hour or two before bedtime.
4) Have you checked your mattress lately?
Make sure your bed is comfortable. It is difficult to get deep, restful sleep on a mattress that is too soft, too hard, too small or too old.
5) Exercise throughout the holidays
Do not put it off until January. Regular, moderate exercise such as walking can help you sleep better. However, try not to exercise too close to bedtime or it may keep you awake.
6) Try to avoid caffeine
Do not compensate for a lack of sleep by drinking more caffeinated drinks; especially, after 3 pm in the afternoon. The caffeine will keep you up and continue the sleepless cycle that you want to avoid. Instead of coffee, have a hot milky drink or herbal tea instead.
7) Do not overindulge with food and alcohol.
Your digestive system will work overtime and play havoc with your sleep patterns. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night. I know it’s hard when you are in a partying mood but try to switch to water a couple of hours before bedtime.
8) Keep ear plugs handy
Keep some foam earplugs handy to block out the sound of your partner’s nicotine, alcohol or feast-induced snoring.
9) Try to relax and insist on some ‘me time’ before going to bed.
Have a warm bath, listen to some quiet music, stretch or do some yoga – all these will help your mind and body relax before bedtime.
10) Resolve arguments before bed
Ongoing conflicts about who to buy for and how much to spend on gifts are not conducive to putting you in the right frame of mind for sleep!
11) Find something relaxing
If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there singing my song. Get up and do something you find relaxing until you feel sleepy
12) Give yourself the gift of relaxation
Lay down by the fire, on the couch, stay in bed longer, have an afternoon nap and don’t stress about anything in your warm and cozy home.
A Final Note
Take it slow and easy. Be kind to those around you and help those in need whenever possible. Remember, wasted days are a result of sleepless nights. Be the best that you can be by doing whatever you can to improve the quality of your sleep.
Happy Holidays everyone and to all a good night’s sleep!
R.C. (Bob) Dimas